Housing policy

Investing in housing will help marry growth with vibrancy

Vermont learned last month that its population grew by a slim 2.8% between 2010 and 2020, less than the national average of 7.4%. But by planning to invest millions in American Rescue Plan Act funds in homes and neighborhoods, Vermont policy makers have embraced the opportunity presented by this decade to accelerate community and economic vibrancy.

Federal program would provide $8 million in annual tax credits to build and improve affordable owner homes in Vermont

The Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan includes a program that would bring $8 million in housing tax credits each year for affordable homeownership in Vermont.

Chad Simmons joins VHFA as Housing Policy & Engagement Specialist

Executive Director Maura Collins announced that VHFA has selected Chad Simmons of Montpelier as its new Housing Policy and Engagement Specialist.  

Simmons has spent the past decade building connections with legislators and other Vermont stakeholders to improve lives in the areas of substance use, child care and clean energy. He has also worked with Equity Solutions as a team member, advancing social justice for a variety of Vermont organizations. 

Housing barriers for immigrants and refugees to Vermont

Over the past 30 years, over 6,300 refugees have settled in Vermont. As newly arrived immigrants, the process of resettling can come with some challenges. According to a recent report by VHFA, immigrants and refugees face many unique barriers to housing in Vermont.  

Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance applications accepted through November 6

November 6, 2020 will be the last day for Vermont homeowners behind on their mortgage payments due to COVID to submit applications for mortgage assistance grants.  Funded by the federal CARES Act, Vermont Mortgage Assistance grants for up to 6 months of missed payments are available to any homeowner who meets eligibility criteria, even if they have already arranged a forbearance agreement. 

Vermont Legislature and Governor expand options for accessory dwelling units

Vermont sealed the approval of legislation this week to ease the challenges faced by residents seeking to add an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to existing residential properties. 

Governor and lieutenant governor candidate forums set for September 17-18

With Election Day in Vermont just around the corner, we’re excited to announce that we have teamed up with the

Vermonters with pandemic hardship will get grants for overdue mortgage payments

When Kimberly Edgar was unable to work due to COVID-19, the new Mortgage Assistance Program offered her a path for keeping her home in Brattleboro. Funded by the federal CARES Act, the program provides qualified Vermont homeowners with grants for up to six months of overdue mortgage and property tax payments.

VHFA joins Racial Justice Alliance to confront racism in housing

This commentary by VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins appeared recently in VTDigger

Welch highlights affordable housing provisions in House infrastructure bill

VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins joined Representative Peter Welch at the future site of Juniper House in Burlington last week to promote the federal Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package recently passed by the House of Representatives.

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The Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program re-opened May 3, 2021. Click here to apply and read more. For emergency rental assistance, please contact Vermont State Housing Authority.

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